KS Supreme Court Puts Coal Cases on Hold

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Supreme Court is putting cases involving two proposed coal-fired power plants on hold.

The court says it wants issues to be considered first in district court and by the Department of Health and Environment.

The cases involve a proposal by Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build the two plants in Finney County.

Sunflower sought an air-quality permit from the Department of Health and Environment. Secretary Rod Bremby denied it in October.

Sunflower asked Bremby reconsider. It also filed a lawsuit in Finney County District Court. So did one of its partners.

Sunflower, its partner and the Finney County Commission also filed separate appeals with the state Court of Appeals.

The Supreme Court stepped in and took those three cases.

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